|Extreme Heat to Settle In Over Our Area|
|By Fire Chief Frank Dowlin|
|July 19, 2019|
As the temp's rise this weekend with the heat continuing, please ensure you check on your neighbors and take time to prepare to deal with the rising temperatures if you venture outside.
More than 170 million people are now under heat alerts stretching from New Mexico to New Hampshire covering nearly 2,000 miles
Extreme Heat often results in the highest number of annual deaths among all weather-related hazards. In most of the United States, extreme heat is defined as a long period (2 to 3 days) of high heat and humidity with temperatures above 90 degrees. In extreme heat, evaporation is slowed and the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature. This can lead to death by overworking the human body. Remember that:
Extreme heat can occur quickly and without warning.
Older adults, children, and sick or overweight individuals are at greater risk from extreme heat.
Humidity increases the feeling of heat as measured by a heat index.
IF YOU ARE UNDER AN EXTREME HEAT WARNING:
Find air conditioning.
Avoid strenuous activities.
Watch for heat illness.
Wear light clothing.
Check on family members and neighbors.
Drink plenty of fluids.
Watch for heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.
Never leave people or pets in a closed car.
HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN EXTREME HEAT THREATENS
Be Safe DURING
RECOGNIZE AND RESPOND
Lastly if you have any of these symptoms dial 911 and help will be sent.
NEVER leave a child or pet unattended in a car, even with the windows down. Make a habit of looking inside the vehicle before walking away. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reminds parents that even cool temperatures in the 60's can cause the temperature to rise well above 110 degrees inside your car.
The Department of Aging recommends that seniors who do not have air conditioning visit a local Senior Center to cool down. You do not have to be a member of the Senior Center to visit.